Police launch campaign to flush aliens out of Kenya
| Apr 20th 2015 | 2 min read
Uasin Gishu, Kenya - Police have launched a door-to-door operation aimed at flushing out illegal aliens employed as farmhands and house-helps in Uasin Gishu.
Acting County Police Commandant Nelson Talit said the operation will target both urban and rural parts of the county in a bid to get rid of the foreigners who he termed as security threats.
Mr Talit said a group of foreigners are suspected to have crossed into the country using an authorised route and their presence sparked suspicion.
"I am warning residents from this region against hiring people whose background they do not know to work in their homes. In an event a serious crime is committed by the worker, the employer will be forced to produce him or her," Talit warned.
He said more than 10 Ugandan nationals who were found taking part in business without proper documentation have so far been arrested and will be deported to their country after going through police interrogation.
The police chief regretted that some of those who have been arrested and taken to court committed serious crimes ranging from rape and defilement in the homes where they had been employed.
He warned that some of the foreigners could be spying for Al-Shabaab on a recruitment mission while posing as casual labourers and house helps.
Talit's concern comes in the wake of area Governor Jackson Mandago's directive that all farmhands from Uganda in the area be ejected and blaming them for increased cases of rape, sodomy, defilement, incest and insecurity.
Mr Mandago had asked local farmers who have hired the services of the foreigners to release them ahead of a major operation by the security agencies in the town.
The county boss said the move was aimed at enhancing security.
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